Safety Corner

At Edgerton Hospital, we believe in helping our community to stay safe! We're happy to provide tips and information on how to prevent an injury that may land you in our emergency room.

Spring 2019

Preparing for Spring Weather 

Living in Wisconsin, you know that severe weather can pop up at any time.  Knowing what to do to protect yourself in the event of a thunderstorm or tornado is vitally important.  Following are tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

 Thunderstorms:

 Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lighting and can include powerful winds over 50 mph, create hail, cause flash flooding and tornadoes.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A THUNDERSTORM WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!

  • When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
  • If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.
  • If outdoors, avoid open spaces, but never stand under a tree.
  • Avoid flooded roadways. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • After the storm, watch for fallen power lines and trees.

 Tornadoes:

 Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris.  They can happen anytime/anywhere, bring intense winds over 200 mph, and look like funnels.

 A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible in your area.  Remain alert for approaching storms.  Be prepared to move to safety.

 A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.  Move to a place of safety right away.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!

  •  If you can safely get to a sturdy building, do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.
  • After the storm, stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.

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